Inspired by the noble leader Braccio Fortebraccio and by one of the most luminous period in the local history, Perugia 1416 is a challenge among the Five Districts of the city (Porta Santa Susanna, Porta Sole, Porta Eburnea, Porta Sant’Angelo, Porta San Pietro), that will face in various challenges to win the Palio.
Perugia 1416 started from the will of rediscovering, symbolically, a fruitful period of the city’s history, to enhance curiosity, knowledge and sharing. The event is a tentative to involve on a permanent basis the population of the city along the whole year, culminating with the popular feast of the second weekend in June.
One of the most luminous period in the history of Perugia, is the time between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, known all over Europe as a model of social development, economic fervor and extraordinary cultural and artistic works.
The reenactment is centred on the historic figure of Braccio Fortebraccio, extraordinary and complex protagonist of the city’s history, in a moment full of deep changes, between the 14th and the 15th century.
Braccio Fortebraccio was Governor of Bologna, Rector of Rome, Lord of Perugia, Prince of Capua, Count of Montone and Count of Foggia. He was very close to establish a central Italian state in the 15th century.
PERUGIA 1416 – 2018 EDITION
The third edition of Perugia 1416 will be held in the weekend 8-10 June 2018. Each of the five districts of the city will have to undergo the following challenges.
The Move to the Rook is an original, engaging and dogged competition, thought in respect of the social and athletic norms, characterized by a machine – the rook – decorated with the Districts symbols, which is moved to determine the victory of one of the teams.
The Drape Race is a speed and stamina competition between the districts of Perugia. The aim is to deliver a swallow-tail shaped drape, before the other teams collect a lot of points.
The Javelin Toss is completely different from the modern Olympic sport, mainly based on the muscular strength and run-up. The athletes have to combine precision and technique skills with strength and visual calculation, in way to achieve a perfect and balanced toss.
The Historical Parade, the most spectacular event of the whole happening is also one of the challenges that the District will have to face in order to win the Palio. Everybody can take part in the Parade, following the style canons fixed in the rules and within the choreography decided by each District.